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Sister of GAA player hopes he will be 'back to 100 per cent, if not better'

Mark McGovern sustained serious head injuries whilst playing football in the US in June.

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ONE OF THE sisters of the GAA player Mark Mc Govern, who woke from a month-long coma in the United States on Wednesday, has said she is hopeful her brother will make a full recovery after hailing his progress so far as a “miracle”.

The 20-year-old Fermanagh footballer sustained serious head injuries in an off-the-ball incident during a match in San Francisco last month and was put into a medically induced coma.

He had only arrived in the US and was playing his first game of a three month stint with Ulster Club San Francisco.

His sister Grace McGovern spoke to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland and hailed her brother’s recovery so far as a “miracle” adding that the family, who have kept a four-week vigil at his bedside, are hopeful of a full recovery: “From what we’ve been told before we’re hopeful we’ll have Mark back to 100 per cent, if not better.

The Belcoo man’s sister was not able to say when the family hope to have Mark home in his native Fermanagh saying “he changes hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute” but intimated that the hope is that he will be home in time for Christmas.

But she added: “We’re not really concentrating on that, we’re more concentrating getting Mark better and then I suppose home. Our hopes are only that Mark will make a full recovery at the minute.”

A police investigation is underway into the incident.

Read: ‘No eyewitnesses’ to identify assailant of comatose GAA player >

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